Gun Violence and Mental Health

Gun Violence and Mental Health

With 8 mass shootings over the past year in the United States, such horrendous events do not feel so infrequent. Naturally, our reaction is to want to understand why, to wish for a clear and concrete answer that helps us to grasp how such a horrible thing could happen.  In recent times, the wake of a mass shooting prompts conversation about gun violence and mental illness.  Why is that?  Is it because…

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A Balanced Diet and the Grieving Process

A Balanced Diet and the Grieving Process

When grieving the loss of a loved one many struggle with keeping a balanced diet. During this time of grief you are required to make many important decisions such as funeral and burial arrangements. The great effort that you put into those arrangements leaves you fatigued when trying to make other decisions such as what to eat, resulting in the choice of the easiest option, such as quick processed food and skipping meals altogether.

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The Opioid Crisis and Those it Leaves Behind.

The Opioid Crisis and Those it Leaves Behind.

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death in Americans under age 50. Driving this epidemic are opioids. Opioids are a class of drug that includes; the illegal drug Heroin, semisynthetic prescription drugs like oxycodone, and synthetic prescription drugs such as fentanyl. These drugs are highly addictive and their use often leads to overdose and death.

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International Suicide Survivors Day: November 18, 2017

International Suicide Survivors Day: November 18, 2017

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US with more than 44,000 dying each year to suicide. For each suicide family, friends, and loved ones of the person who died are left behind to try and make sense of the loss and figure out how to continue on.

It is estimated that for every suicide there are at least 6 survivors; that is at least 264,000 people each year that are…

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Grieving through a national tragedy, you are not alone.

Grieving through a national tragedy, you are not alone.

At 6:30am this morning I was woken by an alarm off my cell phone. As I went to turn the alarm off, I saw a news update that read “A Las Vegas shooting that has killed at least 50 is the deadliest in modern U.S history”. Clicking the link, I was horrified to see that while I was sleeping a gunman opened fire on 22,000 people at a Las Vegas concert venue, killing 50 and injuring over 400. Heart wrenching…

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